This post is a bit late (blasted uni assignments), but here it is anyway.
The wedding the other week seemed like a good reason to put together a theme dinner. Realistically, I’m a republican, and I’m not the kind of girl who dreams about fairytale weddings and being a princess, but I do have an interest in cultural events, especially ones on this scale. I did perhaps also want to see the dress – I’m only human.
I’m pretty sure this is what it looked like on the Queen’s kitchen bench when she was deciding what to serve guests at her lunchtime reception:
And I’m sure this is how the meals were ‘plated up’ at the reception:
That’s roast beef with mustard, roast potatoes, pumpkin, red onion and garlic, carrots and parsnips roasted with honey and rosemary, Yorkshire puddings, green beans and red wine gravy. I decided to do roast beef and Yorkshire puddings because it was the fanciest English meal I could think of. I made all that food for my housemate Bec and me. That’s right, two people. Ridiculous? Perhaps. But totally justifiable because it was a special occasion.
For dessert, Bec made Eton mess (cause, you know, Wills went to Eton…).
If you haven’t made Eton mess, you should, it’s really really easy – it’s basically a deconstructed pavlova. Just whip some cream and combine it with crumbled store-bought meringues and berries (we used raspberries), half of which you can puree with some icing sugar. We topped ours with grated white chocolate (again, it was a special occasion). It might not have looked as pretty as the official wedding cake, but it probably tasted better – they had fruitcake.